Uncertainties of Knowledge / Edition 1

Uncertainties of Knowledge / Edition 1

by Immanuel Wallerstein
     
 

The Uncertainties of Knowledge extends Immanuel Wallerstein's decade-long work of elucidating the crisis of knowledge in current intellectual thought. He argues that the disciplinary divisions of academia have trapped us in a paradigm that assumes knowledge is a certainty and that it can help us explain the social world. This is wrong, he suggests. Instead,… See more details below

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The Uncertainties of Knowledge extends Immanuel Wallerstein's decade-long work of elucidating the crisis of knowledge in current intellectual thought. He argues that the disciplinary divisions of academia have trapped us in a paradigm that assumes knowledge is a certainty and that it can help us explain the social world. This is wrong, he suggests. Instead, Wallerstein offers a new conception of the social sciences, one whose methodology allows for uncertainties.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592132430
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
03/19/2004
Series:
Politics, History, and Social Change Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : the uncertainties of time1
Pt. IThe structures of knowledge
1For science, against scientism : the dilemmas of contemporary knowledge production7
2Social sciences in the twenty-first century16
3The end of certainties in the social sciences34
4Braudel and interscience : a preacher to empty pews?59
5Time and duration : the unexcluded middle, or reflections on Braudel and Prigogine71
6The itinerary of world-systems analysis, or how to resist becoming a theory83
Pt. IIDilemmas of the disciplines
7History in search of science111
8Writing history126
9Global culture(s) : salvation, menace, or myth?142
10From sociology to historical social science : prospects and obstacles151
11Anthropology, sociology, and other dubious disciplines166
Acknowledgments191
Notes193
References199
Index207
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